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    King Kong (RKO, R-1938). Lobby Card (2) (11" X 14"). Fay Wray dyed her brown hair blonde in order to play Ann Darrow, but her expressions of fear may have required the greatest physical change -- to her larynx. Variety expressed concern for her, writing, "it's a film-long screaming session for [Wray], too much for any actress and any audience." Of course, the performance endures in film history, but leading ladies who have acted opposite Charles Laughton, Ernest Borgnine or Robin Williams might ask the same question: how difficult is it to play the terrified object of a giant ape's affections? These two lobby cards, from the 1938 re-release, feature the beautiful Wray, including one in which she looks -- dress ripped and hair cascading past her shoulders -- like a primal jungle dweller herself. (According to Roger Ebert, the dawn of the Code forbade a curious scene in which Kong removes some of Wray's clothes, tickling her and sniffing his fingers.) The card of Wray scantily-clad was restored to repair pinholes and tears, while the other card has had minimal repair, only to patch four pinholes. Fine+.

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